Out and about - Conegliano -
The most populous and industrialized
city on the left bank of the River Piave, Conegliano - part of the
province of Treviso - has been renowned for centuries both in Italy
and around the world as the birthplace of the great master painter
GIAN BATTISTA CIMA (1459-1518). The city is also notable as the
location of the earliest Wine School in Italy (founded in 1876)
and for the prestigious Prosecco wine that is cultivated on the
Conegliano is unique, incomparable. Once considered the 'pearl
of the Veneto', even today it ranks as one of the most beautiful
cities in Italy. Situated on the lower slopes of the Colle di Giano,
Conegliano with its castle is not only a wonder to behold, it is
also chock-full of history and art.
The Prosecco Trail
The Prosecco Trail meanders through the gentle hillsides that,
starting at Conegliano, cross the Felettano and the Quartier del
Piave before reaching Valdobbiadene, all of 42 kilometers away.
A trip either along the Trail or through the surrounding hillside
vineyards is a unique and fascinating experience that allows the
visitor not only to savor some excellent wines and regional specialties
but also to appreciate the true wonder of the landscape, taking
in the beauty of the monuments and buildings that are dotted here
and there over the hillsides.
Nowadays, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene is undoubtedly the
most important white wine produced in Italy. It is instantly recognisable
for its pale straw-yellow coloring and fruitiness on the nose and
palate. At its best, the bouquet is also reminiscent of apples,
but everything rests on the age of the wine itself - it should be
drunk as young as possible.
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